Fails ever to mention that Obama once made very similar comments.
The panel on MSNBC’s Morning Joe blasted Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) for saying that Americans may have to choose between buying a new iPhone and health insurance. However, they failed to mention that President Obama once made very similar comments, in 2014.
MSNBC played clip of Rep. Chaffetz saying on CNN during an interview on Tuesday:
“Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice. So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care.”
Following that clip being played MSNBC Mika Brzezinski commented, “oh my gosh.”
Then, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough went on to talk about the considerable backlash on social media that Chaffetz recived following those remarks.
“First of all, it’s not only comparative money wise, it’s the most insensitive kind of message you could send to people that are absolutely frightened that they cannot survive during these times,” Al Sharpton said of Chaffetz’s comments.
However the panel on MSNBC’s failed to mention that during a town hall meeting with Spanish-language outlets in 2014 then-President Obama made very similar comments.
In a lengthy answer, Obama speculated about someone making $40,000-$50,000 a year, who thinks an insurance option that costs $300 a month is too much.
“I guess what I would say is if you looked at that person’s budget and you looked at their cable bill, their telephone … cell phone bill, other things that they’re spending on, it may turn out that they just haven’t prioritized health care because right now everybody is healthy,” he said.
“Nobody actually wants to spend money on health insurance until they get sick,” he added.
Where was MSNBC’s outrage when President Obama made those comments?
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